Why UKIP will not stand in the Richmond Park by-election


On Tuesday 25th October Zac Goldsmith MP announced that he was resigning as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, in light of the Government’s announcement on a third runway at Heathrow.

Zac Goldsmith has resigned on a matter of principle and UKIP admire him for having the courage to do so. UKIP have always believed that Gatwick was a preferred option to Heathrow.

Recognising Zac as a principled man, who was fully committed to helping get Britain out of the European Union, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, in conjunction with our National Executive Committee have agreed that we will not be fielding a candidate in the upcoming by-election for Richmond Park.

The Liberal Democrats are committed to overturning the result of the 2016 referendum and ignoring the will of the British people. This must not be allowed to happen.

UKIP are encouraging all of our supporters and voters to support Zac Goldsmith in his bid to become an independent MP.

Depressing statistics

Anti Social Behaviour
 East Salford recorded a rate of 42.3 per 1,000 population for incidents of anti social behaviour. This is higher than the Salford rate (40.1) and lower than the Greater Manchester rate (47.5). The neighbourhood rate is lower compared to last years (46.8). 
Criminal Damage/Arson
 East Salford recorded a rate of 15.3 per 1,000 population for offences of criminal damage and arson, an increase from last years rate (11.9). This is higher when compared to both Salford (13.7) and Greater Manchester (11.9). 
Domestic Burglary (based on household rates).
 East Salford has recorded a rate of 15.2 per 1,000 household for offences of domestic burglary – an increase on last years rate (13.4). This is higher than both the Salford (9.1) and Greater Manchester rates (13.4). This is also the highest neighbourhood rate for the City.
Domestic Related Crime
 East Salford has recorded a rate of 7.3 per 1,000 population for domestic related crime. This is a higher rate when compared to both Salford (6.1) and Greater Manchester (7.0) and the 2nd highest rate for the City.
Violence with Injury
 East Salford has recorded a rate of 7.2 per 1,000 population for offences of violence with injury – an increase from last years rate (5.5). This is a higher rate when compared to Salford (5.7) but slightly lower than the Greater Manchester rate (7.3) and the 2nd highest rate for the City.
Litter and Fly Tipping
Between August 2014 and July 2015, the Neighbourhood contributes:  33.2% of the City’s total for dumping and fly tipping – the highest contributor for the City.
 27.4% of the City’s total for litter – the highest contributor for the City.
Green Space
 In 2014/15 the neighbourhood had 264.9 hectares of total green space of which 190.5 was accessible to the public. This equates to 12.9% of the City’s total green space


 The life expectancy for a man living in East Salford neighbourhood is 73.9 years and for a woman it is 80.1 years. These figures are below the England average by around 3 years for women and 5 years for men. 
 Life expectancy for women is the same as the Salford average for women but men can expect to live on average two years less than the Salford average.
 Long-term conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases (including heart disease and myocardial infarction), are higher in East Salford in comparison to both the Salford and England averages. 
 Smoking, alcohol and obesity are key risk factors for developing long term conditions and so dying earlier. 
 Evidence suggests that people with serious mental illness are also likely to have lower life expectancy. Hospital admissions for self-harm was high in comparison to England, with twice as many on average. Salford overall has high levels of self-harm admissions.
 Admissions to hospital for alcohol related reasons for East Salford are above average for Salford. Salford overall however has amongst the highest rates of alcohol admissions in the country and so alcohol-related admissions in East Salford are significantly worse than overall England rates. 
 One in five adults smoke in East Salford (19.4%) similar to the rate for England (20%). East Salford has very high admissions for the lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – double the England average.
 Overweight and obese children are more likely to be obese as adults. East Salford has a similar percentage of obese children as Salford overall at both age 4/5 and age 10/11. 
 At age 10/11 there is 3% more obese children in East Salford than is average for England.
Male  life expectancy      5 years lower  than England
Female  life expectancy  3 years lower  than England

East Salford profiles

 In 2014, a total of 40,784 people lived in this Neighbourhood – an increase of 14.3% since 2004. 
 Between 2004 and 2014, the number of people aged:  0-4 increased by 51%  5-10 (primary school) increased by 24%  11-15 (secondary school) increased by 15%  20-29 increased by 5%  65-74 decreased by -3%, and  75+ decreased by -8%.
 Between 2014 and 2021, the total population of the neighbourhood area is forecast to increase by 4,100 or 10%, compared to increases of 8% across Salford and 5% in England.
 In 2011 the largest ethnic group was White British at 70.7% of the population.
 In total, 10,847 or 28% of all residents considered themselves members of the BME community, compared to 14% across the city and 19% in England. In 2011, the largest individual BME groups were:  White Other (4,101, 10.4%) which includes Eastern European migrants,  Black African (2,004, 5.1%),  Chinese (623, 1.6%),  Pakistani (584, 1.5%)
 In 2011 there were 1,525 lone parents in the neighbourhood area. 45% of them were in employment – lower than the averages for the city (55%) and England (60%).
 There are several pockets of high deprivation, mostly centred around Brindle Heath, Wallness, and Lower Broughton, each of which are within the 1% most deprived LSOA’s in England. 
 Of Salford’s eleven LSOA’s with the highest deprivation, six are in East Salford. 
 The most deprived areas are the LSOA around Langley Road South and the adjacent LSOA around Brindle Heath Road which are respectively the 2nd and 4th most deprived LSOA’s in Salford, as well as the 13th and 27th most deprived in Greater Manchester.